Sure would help if you defined your needs (space, location,
heat load, available AC power, portability, accessibility, operating style,
I like to work DX and want to have the capability to run 1500W
when I need it, especially on the low bands. I also want QSK capability. So far
I have used two amps with the K3:
- Ran it in auto-tune mode.
- No problems getting 1500W without pushing the
- Did not use ALC.
- Time delay is a pain when turning on when you hear a new one at sunrise on 160M. That's why my amp is on most of the time. Actually I
don't turn off much of anything year round unless I am going on a business trip
- Replacement tubes are expensive but should last many
- It is mounted near the ceiling in the basement about
3' below my feet. I only have the RCU in the
- Keeps the heat load low in the shack, saves
room and I have it bonded to my entire house one point ground system which is
right next to the amp.
- It is auto band change like the 87A so that I don't
make an oops when changing bands. It doesn't have the auto-tune feature of
the 87A, but you can preset band segments with the
- Like the 87A it is easy to get 1500W out with the K3
without pushing it.
- Replacement tubes are cheap and should last many
Both companies have been great on
I would like to have a solid-state amp that covered
160-6M. Maybe the KPA1500 some day?
I own a K3 and want to purchase an amplifier to use with it.I am looking for
recomendations with reasons why.